Weekly Classes in Columbia, SC

Meditation Classes at Ganden Center in Columbia, SC

Scroll down to see the classes currently being offered at Ganden Center.  All classes are open to the general public and are offered on a drop-in basis; you do not need to attend each week in order to participate.

All of the classes on this page are held at Ganden Center, 2999 Sunset Blvd., W. Columbia, SC  29169.

Sunday Mornings

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at Ganden Center
Free; donations are welcome

Stop Worrying, Start Living:  Freedom from Worry, Anxiety, and Feardude-worrying-living

We all experience some degree of fear from time to time, whether we call it fear or something else, like worry, anxiety, or insecurity.  Sometimes this fear is a mild irritant; sometimes our fears and insecurities can be paralyzing.  Our fear stops us from living the joyous life we long for.  During this series, learn to identify and overcome these fears using teachings and meditations derived from the Buddhist tradition.  Everyone is welcome.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

March 30:  No class (Southern Dharma Celebration)
April 6: Where does fear come from?
April 13:  Battling insecurity and self-doubt
April 20:  The cure for fear
April 27:  No class (U.S. Spring Festival)
May 4:  Finding refuge

Upcoming Series

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at Ganden Center
Free; donations are welcome

Karma:  A User’s Guide

“Karma” is a word that many people use but few people really understand.  When Buddha used the word karma to explain how certain actions produce certain effects, his original intention was to help people avoid unnecessary problems and pains and find fulfillment and happiness.  In this series of practical meditations and teachings on karma, we’ll come to understand what karma really means and how we can utilize our understanding to create a better life.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

May 11:  What is karma?  And why should we care?
May 18:  The most important things to know about karma, part 1
May 25:  The most important things to know about karma, part 2
June 1:  Karma and the confidence to change
June 8:  There is no “instant karma”
June 15:  Purifying negative karma

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Wednesday Evenings

Wednesdays, 7pm – 8:15pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at Ganden Center
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
* Class fee includes a light vegetarian dinner after class

Seven Steps to a More Meaningful Life:  Meditations to Make Our Mind Peaceful and Our Life RichSeven Steps

What do humility, respect, honesty about our mistakes, generosity, rejoicing in the good qualities of others, cherishing others, and an improvement mind-set have to do with each other?  Cultivating these seven good qualities are seven steps we can take to make our life meaningful, happy, and rich.

During this series of classes and meditation, we will examine the spiritual practice called “the seven limbs” and learn how these “limbs,” or good qualities, help us each day to fulfill our wish to decrease our negative states of mind and increase our happiness and peace of mind.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

April 16:  Respecting others
April 23: Generosity
April 30: No Class (U.S. Spring Festival)
May 7:  Admitting when we’ve made a mistake
May 14:  Appreciating everything and everyone
May 21:  Asking for help when we need it
May 28:  The practice of dedication

Upcoming Series

Wednesdays, 7pm – 8:15pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at Ganden Center
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
* Class fee includes a light vegetarian dinner after class

Meditations for Controlling Our Mind

Our experience of happiness is determined by how we think and act. What if we could improve the quality of our life and our relationships just by reshaping our thoughts and intentions?

By learning a series of simple meditations presented in the Lamrim, or “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”, and living in accordance with the insights we gain from these meditations, we will experience greater happiness and derive much more meaning from our life.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

June 4:  How our beliefs shape our emotions and our actions
June 11:  Time flies
June 18: Protection from our problems
June 25: What is karma?
July 2:  What renunciation really means
July 9:  A warm and friendly heart towards everyone

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Tuesday Intro Classes

Tuesdays, 7pm – 8pm
 at Ganden Center
$5 or FREE for students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
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Have you always wanted to try meditation but never had anyone to learn from?

”Simply Meditate” is a three-week introductory series specifically designed for the complete beginner.  In addition to teaching basic meditation skills, participants will also learn how to bring the skills of meditation into daily life for a greater peace, harmony, and happiness.  Everyone is welcome; drop in for any class.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

May 6:  What is meditation?
May 13:  Meditation and inner peace
May 20:  Meditation on the go

Class Teacher

Sean“Simply Meditate” is taught by Sean Glancy, a member of our Foundation Program.  To read more about our teachers, visit our “Teachers” page.

Lunchtime Classes

Tuesdays:  Just Breathemeditating girl

12:30pm – 12:55pm with Larry Linke
$8 or $5 students/seniors

On Tuesday afternoons, enjoy a simple guided breathing meditation to help you relax and refresh for the rest of your day.

Thursdays:  Teaching & Guided Meditation

12:30pm – 1:15pm with Gen Nyema
$10 or $5 students/seniors

Thursday afternoon classes include teachings and discussions on various practical topics that relate to our work life and family life.  Each session ends with a short meditation.

Class Teachers

LarryTuesdays:  Larry Linke

Larry is a long-time member of Ganden Center and a student of the Foundation Program.  He is a retired businessman with two children and two grandchildren.

Kelsang Nyema

Thursdays:  Gen Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Friday Evenings

Select Fridays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at Ganden Center
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

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A Book Study Class

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Modern Buddhism, presents the ancient teachings of Kadampa Buddhism in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply for modern people.  In this twice-monthly class, enjoy the opportunity to study this remarkable book in-depth.  For each class, Gen Nyema will be reading from the book and giving commentary.  Classes will also include guided meditations based upon the book and discussions.

After class, please feel free to join us for dinner out.  Everyone welcome.

Visit emodernbuddhism.com for a FREE download of Modern Buddhism.

Spring 2014 Dates:

February 7
February 21
March 14
* No April classes
May 2
May 16
June 20

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

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We’re Family Friendly

On Sunday mornings, Ganden Center is fun for the whole family.  Upstairs, adults enjoy our Sunday morning meditation class and Prayers for World Peace.  Downstairs, kids and tweens/teens have their own classes.  Kids classes include hands-on arts & crafts, light-hearted Buddhist stories, and advice for a happy life.  Classes for tweens/teens are more discussion-oriented and give young people a chance to explore their own spiritual life.

Got Questions?

Want to know what to expect your first time at the Center?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

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